One of the biggest challenges to the continued expansion of charter public schools is the fact that many charter school laws place the ultimate burden of obtaining and paying for facilities on charter schools themselves. As a result, charter school leaders struggle to find suitable and affordable facilities to house their growing numbers of students.
States play an important role in determining the options available to help fund charter school facilities. Current state policy options include:
- Providing a per-pupil facilities allowance to charter schools,
- Creating a charter school facility grant program,
- Providing a charter school facility revolving loan program,
- Ensuring that charter schools have equal access to all of the existing state facilities programs for district-run public schools in a state, and
- Providing charter schools with access to local property tax dollars generated for facilities.
This document, Facilities Funding for Charter Public Schools, provides a snapshot of the 30 jurisdictions that have authorized one or more of these options.